Beaches, sunsets, love — destination weddings pretty much have it all. And while it’s no doubt worth it, getting everyone to the destination can be a bit stressful. That is why we’re all about companies like Escapes.CA, who’s travel agents totally streamline the process and leave the fun parts like saying “I do” in front of a gorgeous ocean view up to you. What’s not to love about that?
If you’re in the throws of planning your very own destination affair, have a look at some of these ever so helpful tips from the experts at Escapes.CA…
1. Pre-plan, Brainstorm, and Research
Not only does pre-planning help narrow down your destination of choice, but it also puts realistic insight into what to expect when booking your wedding. This usually entails creating a tentative time-line, a head count of guests, and budget expectations. This is also a good time to determine whether you want a symbolic or legal ceremony — make sure you’ve done your research on the country’s marriage laws if you are going for a legal ceremony!
With so many beaches, and so little time, the easiest way to narrow down a location is to take into consideration your guests. It is better to choose a practical location that is not too expensive or difficult to get to for all guests.
3. Think about your Guests!
What’s a wedding without your lovely guests?! Make sure your guests are kept up to speed on the details of your big day, like a website outlining the details of your destination wedding (e.g. the resort, where and when to pay your deposit, transportation information, and activities to do). Once they arrive, throw a welcome dinner! It’s a great way to set the tone for the week’s festivities.
4. Get a Helping Hand
An experienced wedding coordinator not only helps lighten the load with the wedding planning process, but they also provide really great insight into your destination and even language barriers! Phew! This might seem like quite a handful to take in, but at the end of the day, I assure you that it will be all worth it in the end. Remember to have fun and take it all in!
The Prize: Escapes.CA is making the wedding planning process easy for one lucky bride and groom! If you want a chance to win your own dream destination wedding, enter Escapes.CA’s “Pic” Your Dream Wedding photo contest.
To Enter: Send a fun and creative couple or engagement photo showing you and your partner, and describe why you could use a destination wedding package. The more creative you are, the more likely you are to win! Get your friends and family to vote for it, and make sure that it’s unique and fun. Enter the destination wedding contest here.
To Win: One lucky winner will be chosen July 23 at 9:59pm PST
For Official Contest Rules click here.